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It seems Cavs owner Dan Gilbert sent his plane, if not himself, to South Florida

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert may be in pursuit of LeBron James. Or maybe not. Or maybe he is, but nothing that happened on Sunday was an indication either way. Or maybe, just maybe, it was. (Tony Dejak/Associated Press)

Every minute that does not have LeBron James re-signing with Miami is a minute more for people to speculate about where he might end up. And since James himself doesn’t seem inclined to clue us all in on his thought process, we are left to read the tea leaves. Or the flight-tracking data, in this case.

On Sunday afternoon, Cleveland sports radio personality Joe Lull sent out this tweet:

Whoa! Could the owner of the Cavs be attempting to retrieve a certain someone’s talents from South Beach? This tweet attracted a fair amount of attention, not least from Mr. Gilbert himself, who had this to say:

Oh, well, nothing to see here, then. Except that some Cavs fans sleuthed around and discovered an interesting flight plan for a plane linked to Gilbert:

Then came this update from Miami-based Associated Press reporter Tim Reynolds:

That was followed by this tweet from Anthony Lima, who works at the same radio station as Lull:

Of course, this could all be much ado about nothing. However, it is at least interesting that, at a time when James is a free agent, the Cavs owner finds a reason to send Ilgauskas to LeBron’s neck of the woods. James and Ilgauskas, former Cavs teammates, are so close that, earlier this year, James made a special trip to Cleveland to be on hand for Ilgauskas’s jersey retirement ceremony.

LeBron James returning to Cleveland would be a huge story, but for now, we’ll have to settle for chasing down anything that could possibly go some way toward substantiating a rumor.

(H/T Factory of Sadness)


Des writes for the Early Lead and the D.C. Sports Bog, scouring the Web to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. He also covers fantasy football, as well as fitness topics for the MisFits.



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Des Bieler · July 6, 2014